With every film I watch I try to find something positive to say. No matter how bad and I have seen some doozies. There are films that do test that inclination. Into the Grizzly Maze did that big time. Thankfully there were some known entities as actors in the film because without them this would have been a total loss.
Into the Grizzly Maze is like Lake Placid (a lake inhabited by a giant killer alligator), but with a bear. Not just any bear this bear is huge, smart and angry. So angry about poachers that it is hunting and killing humans in revenge.
In Alaska the wilderness is tough even for locals. Rowan (James Marsden – X-Men, Superman Returns) is back to his home town after a stint in prison for killing a man. After getting into a fight with a guy who was beating up a prostitute, Rowan is arrested by Deputy Beckett (Thomas Jane – Face/Off, Deep Blue Sea), his brother.
Attention is shifted from this when a bear starts killing people. Beckett along with Kaley (Michael McManus – from television’s Aquarius), a hunter named Douglass (Billy Bob Thornton – Sling Blade, Armageddon) and Sheriff Sully (Scott Glenn – The Silence of the Lambs, The Bourne Ultimatum) start a hunt for the bear before anyone else is killed. Because his wife Michelle (Piper Perabo – from television’s Covert Affairs) is out in the woods, Beckett has two reasons to find that bear.
A straight shooting story about a bear causing plenty of death and mayhem. And while I will admit that the special effects (meaning the bear) are quite realistic looking there is not enough here to make it worth your 94 minutes. Mainly because (big surprise) the script is weak. The actors try to do what they can with it, but to no avail as it seems like they are swimming against the current the whole time.
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